I can’t believe another month is gone this year. I’ve written a song every day for five months now and pretty much recorded them the same day. I never thought I couldn’t do it but I’ve also been amazed at my sheer will to do it. Honestly, most of the time I’m excited because it’s something new to listen to. I guess that’s my number one suggestion to young musicians. Be a fan of your own music, it makes things a little easier when things get tough.
I dug the bones of this song out of my unreleased archives and rewrote several parts of it. Including the guitar interludes and the verses. “What It Gonna Take” is kind of a rockin’ break up song. I wrote the first version of this song in Amsterdam in 2005. This song features Mike Lowdermilk on bass guitar and Dave Brockway on drums.
I’ve enjoyed a weekend without a gig. I’m not playing much this month because next month I’m playing a lot of big gigs. It will be very nice to start the new gig season playing so many of my 365 Songs. I’m gonna start all my shows with “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” my favorite tune that I’ve written so far.
Today’s song is one that just came out when I sat down. I’m making a conscious effort to be out of the studio this weekend, so it’s nice to be productive when I’m here. My fence building has taken precedence so far.
Maybe it’s the immense yard project I’ve taken up (a 700 foot wooden fence) but I’m feeling kind of funky today. This one didn’t turn out as good as it started. I did another Minute Men sounding tune last week if I’m not mistaken. Maybe I need to break out some old fireHose and Minute Men re-appreciate Mike Watt, one of the greatest bassists ever.
I’m starting out the month of April rocking it out on the piano. This is a song I’ve messed with for a while but never sat down and finished it. Today, on the first day of a new month, I felt like getting it done and putting it out for posterity.
I love that about this song a day thing, I get to finish a few old scores with songs (no pun intended) and actually put them to bed and of my brain space. Believe me, I need as much brain space as I can get.
This song started back in my rap producer days. As you can see instead of rapping them I turned it around completely and played and sang solo on the piano. Thanks for listening!
Welcome to Chris Cates.com. I'm an old school independent artist with lots of albums, songs, solar panels etc. This site tries to encapsulate what it is I've been doing since I played my first professional gig at 13. I post a song of the day occasionally from my somewhat excessive original song catalogue and I'm constantly recording new material when I'm not building solar farms, trying to play golf or tennis or taking care of my new twin girls.